Getting the big three balanced
How's it going out there,
So I have been doing a bunch of research on the balance between Lights,Co2, and nutrients and I have to say there is a lot of information out there. My main problem is I really can't seem to find out what is in my Ferts. I am using the ADA line up and it does not give a break down as far as I can see. It just says it gives plants what they need.
Here is what I am using:
- Brighty K- a potassium supplement(which I add 11 ml a day)
-Green Brighty step 1(which I add 15 ml a day)(I have increased this to 3 ml above beginning does, the only thing I know about this product is that it does not contain phosphate)
-2 pounds of crushed coral in filter to bring up water hardness
-at water change I add 3 scoops of baking soda(roughly 3/4 of a teaspoon to 30 gallons of water)and aquavitro mineralize for GH(21 ml)
-I just started adding aqua vitro activate for phosphate(1.75 mL every 2 days)
-Green bacter(10 drops every day)
-green gain(10 drops every day)
Lights are on for 8 hours a day(2 high output LEDs, Archaea Ultra grow)
Co2 comes on two hours before lights and runs 1 hour after they go off and runs roughly 3 bubbles per second.
after co2 turns off a air pump runs for 7 hours to break up surface for o2 absorption.
Tank is 65 gallons dimensions roughly 47x18x18in.
I run a surface skimmer and a small power head lower in the tank to improve circulation.
The tank is planted heavily in my opinion but I am new to this so you may see someplace to add more plants.(pic at bottom)
In addition here is fish list
-14 amano shrimp
-15 emerald dwarfs
-15 galaxy danios
-4 cory cats
- and a multitude of snails that came on the plants
I guess my question is what do I need to change to balance the tank so that the plants get what they need and the algae doesn't? I have read about the estimative index for nutrient dosing but not sure how to approach that not knowing what is in my nutrients.
oh yeah water parameters:
Temp. 24-26 C
pH(6.8-7.5 depending on time of day)
Thanks again for your help
Oh yeah and I feed them frozen mysis shrimp twice a day
Last edited by cmiley; 03-23-2016 at 07:07 PM.
Reason: spelling and wrong info